Texans complete coaching staff under new coach Lovie Smith

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans announced their full coaching staff Monday under new coach Lovie Smith.

The Texans previously said Pep Hamilton would be promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and Frank Ross would remain special teams coordinator.

Smith, who served as Houston’s defensive coordinator last season, said when he was hired that he would continue to call defensive plays this season and they would not hire a new defensive coordinator. Smith was hired Feb. 7 to replace David Culley, who was fired after just one season.

New additions to the staff include tight ends coach Tim Berbenich, who spent last season as running backs coach for the Raiders and offensive line coach George Warhop, who held the same position. in Jacksonville for the past three seasons.

Jacques Césaire takes over as defensive line coach after spending the past two seasons as assistant defensive line coach for the Bills. Ted White is the team’s new quarterbacks coach and Joe Danna will be the safeties coach.

Ben Bolling and Dele Harding have been added to the staff as defensive assistants and Robbie Picazo joins the team as an offensive assistant. Hal Hunter is the assistant offensive line coach and Kenyon Jackson is the assistant defensive line coach.

Sean Baker returns as a special teams assistant and Danny Barrett remains the team’s running backs coach. Dino Vasso returns for a second season as cornerbacks coach and Ilir Emini will be defensive assistant for a second year.

Smith’s son, Miles Smith, is back for a second season as linebackers coach and Ben McDaniels becomes the team’s passing coordinator and receivers coach after working last season as assistant coach of the receivers. DeNarius McGhee returns for his third season as an offensive assistant.


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